Bryan Konietzko isn't just a creative and competent show runner for an excellent show in spite of the tyranny of Studio Executives, he's also a great human being.
We got the news from the higher-ups that our Book 4 budget was getting slashed, almost to the tune of an entire episode's budget. We had two options: 1) let go a significant number of crew members several weeks early, or 2) make a clips episode. We never considered the first option. We weren't going to do that to our crew,
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I'll be honest, at first I didn't like this episode, but then the last act really won me over.